• By Josh Flagner

    Bits and Pieces is your weekly More Than a Fan source for all the interesting stories out of the National League East. Whether you want pictures, videos, or just the half news/half bad jokes column you’ve come to expect from me, this is the place to be.

    Ryan Howard Injury Update

    Jim Thome

    This will likely be the statue pose as it's the only known picture of Jim Thome when he's not grabbing his crotch.

    Leading off today is a video that isn’t all NL East, but the Ryan Howard rehab setback is enough to convince me to put it in this column. It seems that Howard had a setback in his Achilles’ Heel recovery when an infection at the

    incision had to be cleaned out. The team hasn’t given a timetable for Howard’s return. I have to think that Jim Thome is too old to play first base more than once a week to back up Ty Wiggington.

    But, hey, maybe if Thome finds the fountain of youth and hits 50 homers he can get a statue in Philadelphia to match his future Cleveland shrine.

    Miami Marlins Loose Spring Training

    The Marlins drew 40,000 to their fan fest at the new Marlins Park, largely due to reports like this one from MLB.com reporter Joe Frisaro. With all the talk of Ozzie Guillen being able to get this Marlins team on track, it’s utterly conceivable that the Marlins can contend in the NL East.

    Lenny Dykstra Sentenced to 3 Years

    Lenny Dykstra

    It's grim when a Twizzler hanging out of your mouth makes you look MORE credible.

    Former National League East stalwart Lenny Dykstra has been accused of sexual harassment, arrested and charged with bankruptcy fraud, felony counts of grand theft auto, identity theft, filing false financial statements, and possession of cocaine, ecstasy, and the human growth hormone, and was named in the Mitchell Report.

    That’s a two breath sentence and we haven’t even gotten to his sentencing this week to three years in a California state prison after pleading no contest to grand theft auto and providing a false financial statement. All joking aside, Dykstra seems to be caught in limbo between criminal monster status and conman who can’t quit. If this were a TV show, he’d be the ex con who the FBI hires trick the real bad guys into getting caught. Unfortunately for Dykstra, this isn’t TV. All his record is going to get him is three years in the California State Prison system and jaded opinion of justice.

    Lenny Dykstra was a hell of a player during his 12-year career. Here’s hoping that when he gets out of prison he can focus on his volunteer work with baseball teams and not on ways to get new cars.

    Have MLB Questions or arguments? Do you think the Ryan Zimmerman contract makes the Nationals a long time contender? Email me at JoshFlagner@gmail.com; follow me on Twitter at @RailbirdJ and like More Than a Fan on Facebook.

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    Josh was born in Cleveland, lives in Medina, and talks too much. Publisher or the More Than a Fan Digital Network and Host of the More Than a Fan Podcast, he's basically lucky to still be married.

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